Things To Do

10 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne

By Stephanie Chadwick
5th Jan 2022

There’s plenty on this weekend, take advantage of the summer season with a stack of outdoor events from Fed Square's live music, the Disney Drive-In cinema and Atiyah's pop-up at Prahran market. 

Here are 10 awesome things to do in Melbourne this weekend:

IRVRSBL Fitzroy Pop-Up

Fitzroy has a new fave vintage pop-up and is being appropriately hyped up over on TikTok. The IRVRSBL pop-up has found its way onto many Melbournians #FYP with customers showing off their fashion fits. Irvrsbl has been in the consignment game since 2013 so it's safe to say they know what they're doing; you can expect to see pieces from Prada, Versace, Dior and Maison Margiela. With stock being refreshed a couple of times a week you are bound to find and take home an archived garment for yourself.

THE DETAILS:

When: Open now until Thursday 17 February
Where: 28 Johnston Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Atiyah Pop-Up at Prahran Market

Atiyah is bringing their zero-carbon emission ethos to the Prahran Market. They are ready to serve up flavours from their Lebanese-inspired menu and are Australia’s very first one-hundred per cent renewable kitchen. The in-law duo behind the kitchen recommends starting with crispy nourishing Manakish flatbread, baked fresh on the traditional Saj Griddle to then add locally sourced premium toppings and delicious fresh dips.

THE DETAILS:

When: 8am until 5pm, Tuesday, and Thursday to Sunday
Where: Prahran Market, 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
For more information, click here.

Fed Live

Fed Live is an extension of Federation Square’s Summer Fest and it’s bringing you a stellar line-up of free live performances. They are starting off strong with their opening act this Friday with a performance by Grammy-nominated Hiatus Kaiyote. Followed on Saturday by Daft Punk Discovery and DJ Andy Murphy. It’s not summer without live performances and gigs from some of Australia’s leading musical talent. This line-up will certainly gather a crowd so be sure to get down and secure your spot in the front.

THE DETAILS:

When: Live shows Friday 14 January, Saturday 25 January, Friday 25 February, Friday 18 March and Thursday 14 April. 
Where: Main Stage, Federation Square, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Project Animo

Led by acclaimed choreographer and Project Animo’s creative director, Alice Topp, the new movement has established the sole goal to breathe new life into Australian Dance. Project Animo’s debut season, And Now We Move On, features five works tackling the themes like what it means to be; 'in your prime' covering themes of aging, identity and loss. In line with the company’s purpose and choreographic themes; the show will be performed by some of the country’s top independent and newly retired dancers.

THE DETAILS:

When: Wednesday 12 January until Sunday 16 January
Where: Playhouse Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

QT Secret Rooftop Garden Bar

Nothing quite tickles the fancy of Melburnians like a secret, clandestine bar; hidden in plain sight but accessible to those in the know. Together with Dal Zotto wines, the duo will be transforming the QT Hotels’ rooftop kitchen gardens into a trattoria and vineyard themed paradise—with a Bocce field to boot. It's all-Victorian menu is complete with beers from Bridge Road Brewing Beechworth, small-batch salumi from specialists The Meat Room Kilmore, hand-crafted gin and limoncello from Bass & Flinders Distillery Mornington Peninsula and local water from Capi.

THE DETAILS:

When: 2pm till Late, Thursday to Sunday
Where: 133 Russell Street, Melbourne
For more information, click here.

The Barefoot Cinema

Set in picturesque Mount Martha on the Mornington Peninsula, the Barefoot Cinema is bringing new releases along with the classics to their big outdoor screen. With summer sunsets as your backdrop, you can drop in to see the new Bond flick, No Time To Die or the hilarious Don't Look Up and more.  While the barefoot experience is only available in Mount Martha right now, there is good news for the city slickers. Barefoot Cinema has just announced that they will be popping up in St Kilda over February as well as Werribee later in March. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Now until Saturday 29 January
Where: The Briars, 450 Nepean Highway, Mount Martha
For more information, click here.

NGV Summer Nights

Take advantage of the NGV’s after-hours access with their seasonal Summer Nights event. Think live performances from DJ’s, Paris on Film Cinema, Cocktails by the pink-lit Pond[er] and of course pop-up dining in the NGV garden. And once you’re done sipping cocktails and enjoying the tunes, you can head over to the Gabrielle Chanel Fashion Manifesto exhibition for late-night viewing. 

THE DETAILS:

When: 5pm to 9pm, Monday to Thursday now until Saturday 30 January
Where: The NGV, 100 St Kilda Road Melbourne
For more information, click here.

Treasures of the Natural World

Save the airfare to London because the city’s most impressive museum, the Natural History Museum, has landed at our very own Melbourne Museum. The Treasures of the Natural World exhibition showcases over two-hundred items from the world-famous collection. Including objects from the personal collection of Charles Darwin himself and, of course, the world's biggest butterfly. Be sure to visit this collection before it ships back across the pond. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Open now until Saturday 16 January
Where: Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street Carlton
For more information, click here.

Disney+ Drive-In

Melbourne has no shortage of open-air and drive-in cinema’s but this one is certainly the most sentimental. Open Air Cinemas have teamed up with Disney+ for what can only be described as a collaboration made in heaven. The Disney+ Drive-In has taken over the Melbourne Showgrounds to bring you a summer program jam-packed with nostalgic flicks. The line-up of Disney classics include Pretty Woman, Moulin Rouge!, The Devil Wears Prada, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Greatest Showman. It’s the classic drive-in setup but with a small twist, you can order your movie snacks via Door Dash and have them delivered straight to your car. 

THE DETAILS:

When: Friday 14 January until Friday 25 February
Where: Melbourne Showgrounds, Epsom Road, Ascot Vale
For more information, click here.

Ballarat International Foto Biennale 

The 2021 Biennale was not to be missed but luckily for you, the gallery is keeping its doors open for the month of January. ​​With more exhibitions and artists than ever before, the Biennale has transformed every corner with photographic art. They are inviting you to escape into the world of art and culture throughout the city of Ballarat. All festival passes also include ticketed entry to the Linda McCartney Retrospective exhibition. The retrospective features more than two hundred images of the McCartney family and the transformative 60s music scene including intimate snaps of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger and more.  

THE DETAILS:

When: Open now until Sunday 9 January
Where: Ballarat Central, 40 Lydiard Street North
For more information, click here.

Check out everything else happening in Melbourne here.

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